Indian Railways Receives 500th Wabtec Diesel-Electric Locomotive
Wabtec Corporation has delivered the 500th Evolution series locomotive to Indian Railways, another milestone in a 2015 $2.5 billion deal under the Government of India’s “Make in India” public-private partnership program to develop and supply 1,000 fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly diesel-electric locomotives of the Evolution series. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to the Global Railway Review.
The 500th locomotive is a two-cabin locomotive with a capacity of 4,500 horsepower. To date, Wabtec has delivered 438 of these models to Indian Railways, plus 62 6,000 horsepower single cab locomotives. These locomotives are digitally equipped and use advanced technology to ensure fuel efficiency and meet the UIC1 international emission standard. Ergonomic locomotive cabins are equipped with digital displays, air conditioning systems, noise reduction systems and amenities for drivers.
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Indian Railways makes extensive use of locomotives for heavy haul and container traffic throughout the country. The fleet demonstrates a high level of readiness and reliability, which can significantly increase the revenue from cargo transportation.
The celebration took place at the Wabtec plant in Marchovre, Bihar. The state-of-the-art production plant in Markovre started operation in 2018. It uses global lean manufacturing processes and can deliver 120 locomotives per year.
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